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I've had my pygmy goats for about four years.  For about three of those years, my goats have had rough, scaly, dry, hairless, and itchy areas around their tails.  I have had a vet check it out and do a biopsy.  No answers.  I give them the correct dose of ivermectin pour on monthly, even through winter.  Do you have any idea what I could do to get rid of this problem?

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HI Rita:

You don't mention what part of the country you're in.. so I have no idea if  the elements would have any effect - have you checked for lice or mites?  sounds like the girls are rubbing their butts on fencing or something similar  - IMHO using Ivomec PourOn monthly is overkill - if you are trying to deworm them - using the pour on will not do the trick..  even though it works as a dewormer on cattle, it does not on goats - it only provides  as a delouser on goats - for deworming you need to use  either ivomec injectable or  valbazen orally (providing they are not pregnant) - the Pour on may be giving somewhat of an allergic reaction due to the frequency of use.


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